Roller derby brings people together, and sometimes even forms unbreakable bonds.....
Roller derby has done a lot for me over the past year, and I am really happy I gave it a shot after some harassment from a friend. Derby has made me realize that there are sports for 200 pound confident strong women, I had been misled all of my life during school sports where I was made to feel like crap (my then 140 pound "fat" self) and therefore didnt want anything to do with those sports. Roller derby truly is a sport for everyone, and it has changed my life.
When I first started "skating" (I use that term loosely, as I was on the floor more than anything) I was like a horse learning to walk after birth.....I make it sound a lot more adorable than it was. I was terrible, I could barely stand up and I was terrified....and I sure wish I had video of my early days to compare myself to now when I am having a practice where I beat myself up over silly things. I am still not the best skater in the world, but Im the best me skater for where I am right now and I make it a point to not compare myself to others when possible. I try to look back at even the past month or so and say, hey at least I started hitting people and doing something other than looking good out on the track.
From the first day I showed up, nervous as hell and strapped rental skates onto my feet I have felt part of something amazing. A warm welcome from everyone that night at my CNY Roller Derby first night of newbie class, and I was HOOKED. Those who intimated the crap out of me at first (yes you, Lady Dimentia, and Moody Obsession) are now some of my dearest friends and league mates and I have learned so much from every single person in my league.
When I say I was hooked, that isnt even the tip of the ice burgh.....roller derby has taken over and consumed my life, and its a good thing! I am so close to passing my assments and being able to bout, I feel myself improving at most every practice and I have a big huge family of sweaty strong women from all walks of life supporting and pushing me to succeed....what more could I ask for?
Now if I could just import some of my amazing non-derby friends here from all over the world, I would be set for life....but that is not reality. So I am in constant search for a little pocket of radical folks in good ole Utica, NY.